Both Jenson Button and Sergio Perez suffered a lack of luck and pace during qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix, which saw the Woking-based duo eliminated from proceedings after only the second segment of qualifying. Sergio Perez eventually out-qualified team-mate Jenson Button in 12th, with the latter in 14th position.
Despite the extremely tricky weather conditions, Sergio Perez was adamant he had enough pace to proceed to the all-important top ten shootout, however the red flag delay caused by Felipe Massa greatly hindered the Mexican’s progress. Just moments before the incident, Sergio Perez was on course to produce a personal best lap time. Naturally when the red flags were unfurled, the 23-year-old’s lap was ruined. Despite a disappointing end to his qualifying session, Sergio Perez is remaining optimistic ahead of the 70-lap race.
“That was a very tricky session – it was difficult to make the most of things, and, in the end, luck just wasn’t with us.” Explained a despondent Sergio Perez, who finished on the podium this time last year with Sauber. “The red flag at the end of Q2 affected me just as I was about to set a good time. Then, with only two minutes of the session remaining, I didn’t get a run without traffic – as a result, I couldn’t get my tyres up to temperature. The fact that some of the others managed to improve was frustrating, but that’s racing; sometimes you get it right, and sometimes you get it wrong. It’s a shame, because I think we had the pace to get into Q3 today.”
After enduring an equally frustrating qualifying session, former Canadian Grand Prix winner Jenson Button is pinning his chances on further inclement weather during the race. Back in 2011, the Briton stormed to a memorable victory from the back after a race struck with torrential rain. Naturally a repeat of such successes is highly unlikely for the 33-year-old, after he just narrowly missed out on a opportunity to complete a final timed lap towards the dying seconds of the second qualifying segment.
“Today’s qualifying was one of those sessions where it either all falls into place for you – or it doesn’t.” Said Jenson Button, “And we were just out of luck this afternoon. We encountered yellow flags, a red flag; and, when the session restarted, I crossed the line about half a second too late to start my final flying lap. We weren’t as competitive as we thought we’d be, and 14th obviously isn’t the place where I want to start, but the good news is that you can overtake around here. A race in mixed conditions tomorrow would be good for us.”
Although McLaren currently hold the record for the most amount of victories around Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, it looks likely that their winning streak will be brought to a conclusion during tomorrow’s 70-lap race. After qualifying well within the midfield section of the grid, avoiding contact will be the number one priority during the start. A double points finish will unquestionably be the aim for the Woking-based outfit, however further inclement weather could well provide the outfit with an opportunity to punch above their weight.
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